A Message from Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police, along with emergency services around the country, have been facing an unprecedented number of 999 and 101 calls.  We are increasingly finding that people are unsure when to call 999 and when to call 101.
We are trying to understand better how and when these services are used, so they would appreciate members of the public taking part in a short survey.
Please click on this link to access the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/101or999


A Warning to Owners of Specialist Motorcycles

Do you have a quad bike, trial bike or motocross bike, or know someone who does?  Across the area we have seen an increase in theft of these types of bikes.  They have been stolen when left parked on the road, driveways or targeted burglaries to sheds, garages or lock up containers.  We would advise the following:

  • Be vigilant when attending events and travelling home. There’s no need to be paranoid but vigilance matters.  Locking up your bike every single time is a pain, but really what’s a minute?  When not riding, always keep an eye on your bike.  If someone looks suspicious or just lurking around ring the police on 101.
  • Never let your bike out of sight.  This rule of course applies to when your bike is not locked.  That means when loading it on the truck or trailer don’t lose sight of it unless it’s locked.  When cleaning it or taking care of maintenance in the garage, don’t run inside to answer the phone or get a snack unless the garage door is closed.  Thieves are meticulous and patient.  If they want your bike they’ll wait you out.  Don’t give them the chance.
  • Lock it up – Lock your bike up on the trailer, in the back of the truck, even in your garage. Wherever your bike is stationary for a long period of time without you sitting on it or having eyes on it, lock it up.  Don’t get chintzy locks either. Get big, beefy cable locks.

Here’s the reality – if a thief wants your bike no amount of security works,with time and the right tools, any lock can be overcome.  However, you can reduce the time factor and offer enough of a deterrent to make the thief to move on.
Posted 15th June 2017.

Scam Alert

We have received the following message from Thames Valley Police:

Police are warning residents of a scam whereby a person makes contact, possibly over the phone, advising the victim that they have been overpaid an amount of money into their account and are asked to organise a payment by way of a MoneyGram at the local post office to send the overpayment back.  Never pay money to an unknown source.  Always check with your Bank/Building Society/Post Office before moving any funds.

If you receive any calls of this nature and feel concerned, phone the police.
Posted 11th June 2017.

Emergency Contact Numbers

The police have given us the following advice about when to use the emergency contact numbers 101 and 999, as follows:

When to ring 101:

  • If you have any information which could assist the police with their investigation.
  • If you wish to contact a specific police officer or member of staff.
  • Report a crime not currently in progress (stolen car, burglary or damaged property).
  • Give information to the police about crime in your area.

 When to ring 999:

  • A crime is happening now.
  • Someone is in immediate danger or there is a risk of serious damage to property.
  • There is a traffic collision involving injury or danger to other road users.

Neighbourhood Policing

The following text relating to Neighbourhood Policing is copied directly from the relevant page of the Thames Valley Police website.  In the future we hope to be able to bring you news from the police relating to crime statistics and other police-related matters affecting our area.

About Neighbourhood Policing

Every neighbourhood in Thames Valley has a dedicated Neighbourhood Policing team.

Neighbourhood Policing teams can be contacted via 101, the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Neighbourhood Policing teams…

  • Are led by senior police officers and include police community support officers (PCSOs), often together with volunteer police officers, volunteers and partners.
  • May serve one or several neighbourhoods.
  • Work with local people and partners to identify, tackle and prevent local, low-level crime, anti-social behaviour, and any ongoing concerns.
  • Provide you with a visible, accessible and accountable police service and aim to make your neighbourhood safer.
  • Have been present in every Thames Valley neighbourhood since 1 April 2008.
  • Focus all of their efforts on their dedicated neighbourhoods, building relationships with local people.

Neighbourhood Policing…

  • Needs you to tell us about the issues that concern you in your area.
  • Has transformed policing at a local level, to meet the needs of local communities.

From the start of 2010, Thames Valley Police extended its neighbourhood consultation by introducing a wider range of publicised opportunities to meet neighbourhood teams.

We will provide open monthly meetings to allow the public to influence our priorities. These meetings will be branded as Have Your Say opportunities, and in many cases will be held in conjunction with partners.

Once local priorities have been identified, a broader ‘toolkit’ of problem-solving tactics is being made available to ensure crime and anti-social behaviour is tackled effectively.

Across the Thames Valley area, there are many successful Neighbourhood Action Groups which will continue to deliver local problem solving, but the introduction of Have Your Say meetings will allow neighbourhood teams to identify more quickly those specific local priorities that need attention.

Thames Valley Police views the introduction of Have Your Say meetings as a positive step in tackling issues that matter most to the public. I welcome your support and engagement in this endeavour.